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William Penny Brookes


Three Poets on The Life and Works of William Penny Brookes ~ A Much Wenlock Man
Strictly limited edition of 50 copies
Finely-bound Hardback
Contrasting greens quarter cloth bound cover
Gold lettering on cover
Red coloured-end papers
Bound by Ludlow Bookbinders
64pp inners, 150 gm paper
ISBN 978 0 9568275 2 4
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In a strictly limited edition of fifty copies
First published on 27th July 2012, to coincide with the start of the Olympics, in Great Britain.
Black and white commissioned portrait of William Penny Brookes
Typography and layout: by Nadia Kingsley reflecting the styling of Victorian books.

Who was William Penny Brookes?

He is attributed with the founding of the Modern Olympics.
He introduced physical education into schools.
He was a doctor and a Victorian philanthropist.
He was a Much Wenlock man through and through.

Poems by:

Paul Francis of Much Wenlock
Charles Worth of Newport
Keith Chandler of Bridgnorth

Portrait by:

Beverley Fry of Much Wenlock


Katherine Swift  The Morville Hours(Bloomsbury):

These revelatory poems give us more of William Penny Brookes the man and his milieu than any full scale biography.

Tom Wentworth (Writer, Playwright. Radio Producer):

This superb collection of poems brings together the old and new.
Due to the terrifically high production values this volume will look wonderful on any bookshelf – successfully bringing a piece of the past into the home, whilst inside the poets explore Brookes’ very personal, local legacy with depth, intelligence and wit.


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